The clock turned back to the 90’s with a Counting Crows battle on Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice.” In one of the top duets of the evening, coach Blake Shelton matched up Mitchell Lee vs. Dennis Drummond with the tune “Mr. Jones.” Both guitarists-singers were excellent, but ultimately Blake chose Mitchell to move on to the next knockout round. Dennis doesn’t go home, though, and is now a member of Team Adam Levine due to a very well-purposed steal.
Our contributing writer Denton Davidson had the following commentary about Mitchell and had him first in his overall power rankings: “I’ve given Mitchell some tough commentary throughout the competition thus far, but with this performance he proved that I’m just cynical, snarky and judgmental. Perhaps I’m tired of the traditional hunk who just stands behind a guitar while audiences “Ooo” and “Aah” over their sub-par vocals. But I have to hand it to Mitchell, who not only has charisma to spare, but legitimately won his battle with his voice. I have no doubt that if there was live voting in this round he would have won the night.”
Of all the singers on Tuesday’s show, Davidson thought Dennis had the third best performance: “Although he lost this battle to Mitchell, Dennis came out a winner by earning the night’s only steal. The 6’8 guitarist has a unique sense of style that naturally draws attention to him. With the right coaching from Adam, Dennis has an opportunity to come out of his shell and prove he deserves to be in the spotlight. His likable personality will only take him so far. The time for him to start shining is now.”
According to the NBC official bio for Mitchell: “Mitchell is a woodworker in Nashville. He currently builds custom furniture and started renovating a shuttle bus into a tiny house/songwriters lounge. He decided to go to military college at Citadel in Charleston, with plans to attend dental school. His mom was supportive but always saw him as more of a rock star. Mitchell got some devastating news three weeks before graduation; his mother had passed away. This deeply affected Mitchell because he felt like his mom was disappointed that he wanted to be a dentist instead of following something he loved. So after graduation, he decided to forego dental school and pursue music. Mitchell put together a band and performed all around Charleston. The rest of the group wasn’t taking it as seriously, so he moved to Nashville make it on his own.”
And the NBC official bio for Dennis says: “Dennis grew up in a working class family in a small town in Ohio, where his father worked as a steelworker for almost 40 years. Dennis knew he always wanted more and his family was supportive of him pursuing whatever he desired. With music being his passion, Dennis got his first guitar at seven years old and a few years later started his first blues band. In 2012, after graduating from Berklee College of Music, Dennis moved to Nashville to pursue his music career and quickly began making a name for himself as a touring guitar player. Recently, Dennis became the lead guitar player and back-up vocalist for Season 10 runner-up Adam Wakefield. Even though he loves being a guitar player, Dennis is ready to branch out as a vocalist and start his solo career. The Voice is his first step toward center stage and away from the background.”
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